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Hope comes knocking at Swathi’s door

R. Avadhani
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Social activist from Germany promises to extend help for her education

Eva Fellner Feldegg, a social activist from Germany, with Swathi at Isnapur in Medak.-PHOTO:MOHD ARIF
Eva Fellner Feldegg, a social activist from Germany, with Swathi at Isnapur in Medak.-PHOTO:MOHD ARIF

It was literally a dream come true for sixteen year old B. Swathi when Eva Fellner Feldegg, a social activist from Germany offered to help her pursue higher studies. Swathi who is studying10th class at the government high school located in the village lives with her mother and two brothers in a small room. Her father had expired few years ago and being a bright student Swathi was in dilemma about her future once she completed her 10th class.

Ms. Eva Fellner Feldegg, a social activist from Germany, is associated with Rural Organisation for Society Empowerment (ROSE), a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of VAG Valves India Private Limited located at Pashamyalaram.

Ms. Eva was surprised to see four members living in a small room which changes according to requirements – dining hall, study room, bed room and living room.

“I am having three boys who are studying well. Now I have a daughter as well whom I will take care of. I am ready to take her even to Germany if she requires further education,” Ms. Eva told The Hindu after meeting Swathi and her mother Ms. Indira at her home.

Ms. Eva has been planning to register an entity with the same name -ROSE – in Germany to collect funds and take up social activities in India.

“I feel bad about children when I see them begging on streets and going to work at a tender age when they should be in school. We may not be able to take care of all of them, but I want to make beginning and hence began from the Government Zilla Parishat High School through ROSE. We have spent Rs. 10 lakh so far towards the up gradation of the playground and we also supplied benches to the school,” she said. The play ground was formally inaugurated on Tuesday.

ROSE has adopted another five children from the school – D. Harinath, K. Narendra, G. Lavanya, M. Divya and S. Pavani- all from poor financial back ground- with a promise to extend required assistance for education in the future.

“Instead of just donating the amount under CSR, majority of our staff were involved in implementation of the project by sparing their time,” said Y.V. Rao, an official of VAG Valves.


  • Eva plans to register another entity in Germany to collect funds for social activities in India.

  • ROSE adopted another five children: D. Harinath, K. Narendra, G. Lavanya, M. Divya and S. Pavani



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